Hello Sweet Friend


Posted on 7th April 2021 by Alison Pendlebury-Brown
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Yay, it's April and it's finally Springtime! I cannot tell you how much I've been wishing my life away, waiting for Spring to arrive :). To celebrate warmer days, I've created this cute little top-folding, A6 sized card featuring a cute little bee delivering a card to say "Hello Sweet Friend".

To create this card you will need:

You will also need:

  • Bee stamp and dies - I used Time for Tea Designs' Bee Happy coordinating stamps and die set
  • Alphabet dies
  • Sequins or flat-backed pearls - I used Lucy's Things - Itty Bitty Stars
  • White metallic paint for splattering - I used Kuretake Starry Colors watercolours in colour no. 906 white gold
  • Clear embossing ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Colouring medium - I used Copic markers
  • Cloud stencil or cloud edge die to create your own stencil
  • Blue ink pad - I used Ranger's Distress Ink in Stormy Sky

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  • Create a card blank using the yellow card. Cut an A4 sheet in half widthways and then fold one piece in half to create an A6, top-folding cardbase.
  • Create a mat measuring 3.75" x 5.25" in the light blue cardstock.
  • Die-cut the word 'Hello' twice using your alphabet dies and layer one on top of the other for extra dimension.
  • Stamp, die-cut and colour in the bee. I coloured the wings in pale blue and added Kuretake Wink of Stella for a little sparkle to the wings.
  • Stamp and emboss your sentiment - I chose to use 'To a Sweet Friend' from the stamp set, masking off 'to a', so that it reads 'Hello Sweet Friend' when combined with the die-cut 'Hello'.

Apb Hello Sweet Friend Make Stencil

If you do not have a cloud stencil but do have cloud edge dies you can create your own stencil. To create a disposable stencil you can simply cut it from cardstock. If you'd prefer to create one that you can clean and re-use, you can also laminate the cardstock.

To create the cloud stencil:

  • Cut a piece of scrap, thin cardstock the length of your dies (see my image above)
  • Laminate the cardstock (reserve the remaining laminated plastic, as this is great for making shaker windows in another project)
  • Die-cut the cloud edges (see image above) - you may need to pass it through your cutting machine several times to cut through the 2 pieces of laminate and the cardstock

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  • Using your new stencil and blue ink, blend a cloudy sky background. You can, of course, skip this step completely if you'd prefer a plain blue background.
  • Splatter the card using the white gold paint for some sparkle.

Apb Hello Sweet Friend All Parts Ready For Assembly

Now that you have all of your pieces, it's time to assemble.

  • Mat the blue sky layer to the yellow cardbase
  • Glue down the 'Hello' die-cut
  • Mount the sentiment and the bee on foam squares and adhere to the card
  • Sprinkle and glue your chosen sequins around the card.

I adore this stamp set as I love bees - I'm so excited to see them buzzing around in my garden, collecting pollen from the flowers.

I truly hope this simple little tutorial provided you with some inspiration. We'd love to see what you create, so please tag us on social media using #papermilldirect

Stay safe, see you next time.

Ali x

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